Phase Two of River District Development Project to Begin Monday

Danville, VA-- Downtown Danville is in the second year of its River District Development Project and there's still more changes to come.

We mentioned last week, that starting Monday, the diagonal road in front of Lou's Antique store will be permanently closed.

It's all to allow construction for the second phase of the project. There will be a new pedestrian plaza and a huge fountain. The city said this will most likely be the focal point of the new and improved River District.

As some new trees, benches, and wider sidewalks emerge on Main Street, phase one of the River District Development Project is coming to an end.

Phase two, which will start Monday, will bring transformation near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Craghead Street. What is now a vacant area, will turn into a large pedestrian plaza with a fountain.

"It's just going to be a huge pedestrian area, " said Arnold Hendrix, City of Danville Public Information Officer. "With this gateway plaza, it's going to serve as a signature for the River District. It will provide a place for those who are in the River District to leisurely spend time."

Hendrix said this new plaza will be a nice addition for Downtown visitors and residents. It also seems like this project is already attracting more people to the area.

"I'm actually looking to move to Downtown Danville over in the Burton Lofts," said Frankie Cox, Danville resident. "It seems like it's a much happening place now. I mean they're doing a lot of renovations. The fountain and everything coming in downtown, the new restaurants, it seems like it's going to be place to be."

"We're seeing that now with Bridge Street, just nearby here, and our Tobacco Warehouse District, business want to locate there, their employees want to work there," said Hendrix.

"Downtown speaks high volume of what this town is going to be like, it looks like it's going to be really really nice," said Cox.

According to the city, phase one on Main Street will be rounding up this summer and phase two will take about a year to complete.

Again, the new detour to allow construction will start 8:30 Monday morning.